sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me)

A common childhood chant meaning hurtful words cannot cause any physical pain and thus will be ignored or disregarded. I've never taken people's criticism to heart; sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
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sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

Prov. You do not hurt me by calling me names. (A reply to someone who has called you names. Primarily used by children; sounds childish when used by adults.) Brother: You're stupid and mean, and everybody hates you! Sister: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
See also: and, break, but, hurt, may, never, stick, stone, will, word
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STICKS and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
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